Days of the Dinosaurs

Bring the past back to life

Earth was once a very different place.

Millions of years ago, its ecosystems were filled with plants, animals, and fungi that look very different from the creatures we know today. Thanks to the science of paleontology, you can catch a glimpse of what life used to be like.

Discover new meaning in old fossils

During Days of the Dinosaurs, you’ll find dinosaurs and fossils from around the world in brand-new exhibits, movies, live experiences, open paleontology labs, as well as the recently expanded Dinosaurs & Fossils gallery.

In addition to the new experiences, you’ll also be able to make history! Minnesota is just one of seven U.S. states without an official fossil, and this fall, you’ll be able to cast your vote to help pick our long-gone representative.

A display featuring all 8 fossil candidates for the Minnesota State Fossil contest.

Vote for MN’s State Fossil

Cast your vote! Help us name Minnesota’s official fossil by choosing one of nine local specimens.

Ultimate Dinosaurs

Begins October 21st
Ultimate Dinosaurs showcases some spectacular dinosaur discoveries and highlights cutting-edge scientific research to show how continental drift altered the landscape of the ancient world.

Dinosaurs of Antarctica

Intrepid Antarctic scientists take you on a quest to understand the ice continent’s profound transformation over deep time while investigating the similarities and differences between prehistoric climate events and human-triggered warming today.

Live experiences

Chat with paleontologists about the fossils they know best and explore the museum at night with live experiences during Days of the Dinosaurs.
Dr. Alex Hastings standing next to triceratops
Dinosaur and Fossils gallery featuring the Diplodocus and Triceratops

Dinosaurs & Fossils Gallery

Experience life like a paleontologist by re-assembling fossil crocodiles, trekking through ancient wetlands, and finding yourself among giants like Diplodocus and Triceratops in the newly expanded Dinosaurs & Fossils gallery.

Paleontology practice makes perfect

Dig into the science behind dinosaurs and fossils at home with stories, videos, and activities that are perfect for bringing out your inner paleontologist.
Alex cleaning a fossil specimen in the paleontology lab
Close-up photo of a dinosaur skull

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